Auditions for young dancers to join national Swan Lake tour in Sussex

Adele Robbins, "Odette" and Oli Speers, "Prince Sergei",  with members of the Corps de Ballet, English Youth Ballet (EYB) "Swan Lake" production, dress rehearsal, live action stills at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in April 2015 - picture by Peter Mares courtesy of the English Youth Ballet
Adele Robbins, "Odette" and Oli Speers, "Prince Sergei", with members of the Corps de Ballet, English Youth Ballet (EYB) "Swan Lake" production, dress rehearsal, live action stills at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in April 2015 - picture by Peter Mares courtesy of the English Youth Ballet

English Youth Ballet is auditioning for roles in a new production of Swan Lake on Monday July 4 at the Crawley Hawth Theatre.

At the audition 100 young male and female dancers, aged eight to 18, will be offered the chance to rehearse with and then dance alongside international professional principal dancers in the production for three performances at the Crawley Hawth Theatre on November 25 and 26.

Award-winning English Youth Ballet (EYB) is now in its 18th successful year and is one of the largest ballet companies in the UK.

EYB director Janet Lewis says: “The EYB audition is an experience in itself. EYB is all about performance experience and this starts at the audition as the dancers are given a regular ballet class on the stage.

“Parents and family are encouraged to watch from the audience.

“We are looking for young dancers of all abilities who can show the audience how much they enjoy their dancing.”

The policy of EYB is to give professional performance experience to young dancers in venues close to where they live. The young dancers benefit from being coached and mentored by the professional dancers in an 11-day rehearsal period which takes place out of school hours.

They gain an unique insight into what it is like to be a professional dancer.

Each audition will take the form of a regular ballet class. Dancers will find out on the day if they are successful.

It is advisable to register for the audition in advance but it is possible to register on the day (please arrive 30 minutes early to register).

The audition fee is £15 and all dancers participate in a full ballet class.

Parents are invited to watch the audition.

There will be two auditions on Monday July 4 for different age groups. Auditions will be at 4.30-6.15pm for dancers aged eight to 11, and the second will be held at 6.45-8.30pm, for dancers aged 12 to 18.

For more information and to register for an audition contact Miss Lewis by calling 01689 856747 or by email on misslewis@englishyouthballet.co.uk

For information about English Youth Ballet please visit www.englishyouthballet.co.uk